Saturday, 14 April 2012

Dig Deep with Paul Thornton (Itch / Dig Deep) 190412

On this week's show Dig Deep presenter and itch DJ Paul Thornton takes control for the full two hours.  Expect house, disco, boogie, techno, funk and soul classics with a few more obscure cuts...

Karma - High Priestess (Jazzanova remix) (Compost)
Kaidi Taitham & Dego - Got Me Puzzled (2020 Black)
Ron Trent - Morning Factory (Prescription)
Minos Pour Main Basse (Sur La Ville) - Tout Doit Disparaitre (Everything Must Go) (Different Recordings)
Slow Hands - An Edit To Remember (Wolf & Lamb)
Equisite Taste - Its You That's Happening (Starlight)
Legs & Co - I Like What Youre Doing To Me (Disco Deviance)
Roy Ayers feat Sylvia Striplin - Searchin (OE Edit) (Onur Engin Edits)
High Speed Connection - Does It Feel Good (Pete Herbert Edit) (Disco Deviance)
The Kings Arms - No Good For You (Wolf & Lamb)
Deadly Sins - Catch A Dub (Giant Cuts)

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Dig Deep with Gene Hunt (Trax / Chicago)

On this week's show we are honored to broadcast an exclusive 1 hour DJ mix by legendary Chicago DJ Gene Hunt.

Gene Hunt is a true pioneer of Chicago house music. Since the early 80's he has been a leader on the scene, moving and educating crowds and music lovers at the likes of the Warehouse, The Music Box, Medusa's and The Playground; and has worked with Farley Jack master Funk, Robert Owens, Larry Heard, Terry Hunter and Kenny Dope to name a few.

Gene started djing in 1986 at the young age of 14, building his reputation as a key DJ in the local scene doing gigs at hotel parties, like Bismarck, La Mirage, Sauers, Da Vinci Manor, AKA and the Riviera. He was also a resident at the the Hyatt Park Athletic Club, where he dj'ed alongside Ron Hardy. Gene gradually became Ron's protégé and as Ron passed on his musical knowledge onto the youngster the pair started recording music together as well.

Gene released his first EP, Living In The Land on Trax in 1987 and went on to release music on other labels such as Djax, Hybrid, Svek, Maad, Dopewax, Moods & Grooves.

Being a key player on the scene resulted in many local producers giving Gene reel-to-reel tapes of their new productions for him to play out in the clubs. Many of these were unreleased and a lot of producers lost their own tracks over the years. Luckily, Gene kept his copies like a librarian and now, 25 years (or more) later, Gene has made these available on his Chicago Dance Tracks LP via Rush Hour.

The LP includes early outputs dating back to 1982-83; including tracks from Mr Fingers, Steve Pointdexter, Farely & Steve Hurley, Ron Hardy's original version of Sensation, Gene's version of Donnie, and a mash up of a Larry Heard track, which was a Music Box / Ron Hardy favorite. These were the tracks that labels such as Trax or DJ International deemed not commercial (i.e. not radio friendly) enough, but were all the more popular in the Chicago clubs.

When djing, Gene fuses soulful vocal house and disco with heavier tracks to take the listener on a journey through dark and light as he twists from breathtaking highs to gut wrenching lows - and this week's mix is no exception...